Weather: sunny and dry, 29-30°C air, 35-40°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished the 2016 European Formula 1 season at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza with P16 (Marcus Ericsson) and a retirement (Felipe Nasr). After a collision on lap 2, Nasr had to retire early as his Sauber C35-Ferrari was damaged. Because Nasr was given a 10 second penalty afterwards, he went out again to serve the penalty in the pit lane. Otherwise Nasr would probably have been given a grid place penalty for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Result: 16th. Start on soft tyres, after 23 laps change to medium tyres
It was a decent race. It is surely disappointing that we could not fight for points higher up in the mid-field. It feels like we have taken a step forward compared to the race weekends before the summer break, but we are not where we want to be yet. Monza is unique in terms of the track characteristics with it being a high-speed circuit. The track in Singapore requires much more downforce, so it will be interesting to see our potential there in regards to our package.
Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Result: DNF. Start on soft tyres, after 2 laps change to medium tyres
It was a disappointing early end of the race for me. Again I had quite a good start, moving up four positions. It is a shame we had to retire the car after the collision with Jolyon (Palmer), as the damage was not repairable. I hope we will have a trouble-free weekend in Singapore.
Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
We had a difficult race, which was again unlucky for Felipe as he had to retire due to an accident. This incident was not his fault, so we do not understand why he was penalised. Marcus did his best and put in a good performance. This weekend should encourage us that we are able to finish races higher up if we could get the most out of qualifying.